Before we speak to the trade rumors, 670 the Score's Bruce Levine had this to say on his morning baseball show:
Listening to Levine on 670, and apparently Ventura sends Sale home from tantrums routinely. 3 or 4 past instances.— Andy Van Psych (@cronebender) July 30, 2016
It'll be interesting if anyone else from the Sox beat can confirm this to be true. Perhaps if Chris Sale has had many confrontations with his manager, it's no wonder why he threw him under the bus. If the Condor does get traded this weekend, wouldn't be a surprise to learn that his attitude is what lead to Rick Hahn moving him.
Speaking of Sale trade rumors.
Following Scott Lauber's story, word around Chisox Friday was that they had scouts at every Red Sox farm games last night— Peter Gammons (@pgammo) July 30, 2016
One of those players is the Red Sox top prospect, Yoan Moncada. Ranked second in MLB Pipeline's new Top 100 prospect, Moncada is the prize if a deal can be struck between the Sox and Sox. The rumor that a deal could be in place created a lot of smoke last night.
Yoan Moncada was just seen hugging teammates. #RedSox #MLBTradeDeadline— PresidentPalma (@ShawnPalmer93) July 30, 2016
This was just posted on Yoan Moncada's snap chat. #RedSox #YoanMoncada #WhiteSox pic.twitter.com/ZRgvfHAC6T— yas fan (@Based_Sniper88) July 30, 2016
While that Snapchat photo got people excited on Twitter, it ended up being a fake (the real photo here).
Looking at the current MLB standings, adding another starting pitcher would be wise for the Red Sox.
AL Projected Playoff Seedings
WC1) Toronto Blue Jays
WC2) Boston Red Sox
Houston Astros are 1.5 games back, and the Detroit Tigers are just two games back of the Red Sox, so there is fear that they might not make the postseason with the current 25-man makeup. There is also hope that by making a big move like trading for Sale, they can win the AL East and gain home field advantage throughout the playoffs as they are just 2.5 games behind the Cleveland Indians. Then there is the pending retirement of David Ortiz that plays a factor that the Red Sox front office would love to send him off like Peyton Manning this past Super Bowl. It makes a lot of sense to find the prospects to meet Rick Hahn's asking price for Chris Sale, and get a deal done by Monday.
Then there is the Texas Rangers, who have been reported to be more active than the Red Sox in obtaining the Condor.
The Texas #Rangers continue to be the most aggressive team in the pursuit of #Whitesox ace Chris Sale, but Sox asking price remains steep.— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) July 29, 2016
The #Whitesox still want Joey Gallo and Nomar Mazara from #Rangers in any deal for Chris Sale— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) July 29, 2016
Elsewhere in Major League Baseball.
A lot of smoke last night surrounding Cincinnati Reds outfielder Jay Bruce, as there was a rumor that the Los Angeles Dodgers and a Mystery Team could work out a three-team trade in which Bruce went to LA. Well, that supposed three-team deal is dead, for now.
Reds, Dodgers still talking about Jay Bruce. But a source says that 3-way deal isn't going to happen. It was fun while it lasted!— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) July 30, 2016
While the Dodgers lead the pack in interest, other teams are starting to drop out of the race.
jay bruce market is a moving target. o's are not in, nats focused on pen. dodgers, then maybe mets, m's, others.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) July 30, 2016
I'm a bit surprised he hasn't been moved yet, as teams like the Cleveland Indians who could use Lucroy. That bubble may have popped when Lucroy's blocked team's list came out, which included the Indians.
The front runner for Lucroy is assumed to be the New York Mets.
Sources: #Brewers re-engaged #Mets today on Lucroy. Discussions continuing. No indication that deal is close.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 28, 2016
This morning, the tone has changed, and it has a similar feel to how the White Sox are approaching the idea of moving Sale.
Big question in Lucroy talks: Will #Brewers simply keep him if they do not get package they want and trade him in the off-season?— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 30, 2016
If teams are in need of a catcher, it appears that San Diego Padres catcher Derek Norris is a "near lock" to be traded this weekend.
With this many teams in playoff contention and few who are still sitting on the fence, it's hard to tell if any of these trade rumors come to fruition. As the day progresses, we'll be posting updates below.